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.?139).: . j sti? When we open this article with the two works of Mr. Jele, which we commended together, his Disserta. tion on the Apostles, and his book on the Study of the Scripei tures*, we have an eye to the amends: we promised, then for accidental delay. The works, however, deserve distinction. They are acute as well as pious, and cannot fail, particularly the latter, to increase the love of sacred study. In treating of the Prophe

* No. III. p. 289.

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cies, Mr. Zauch* has united. caution with fagacity, More we hardly venture to pronounce on subjects of this nature ; but his book we recommend with. out hesitation, to those whose studies are directed to that point. Mr. Reeves, whom formerly the fludious world had known, only as a writer on law and politics, excellent in both, and evidently qualified to write on any subje&t he had once considered or examined, has come forward lately to demand attention on subjects of theological enquiry. To us this was not surprising, who knew him to be ciudfins as well as nouncoins; but to those who have not seen him in bis study, it must seem a very sudden change, What? Jobn Reeves, the leader of the first Allociations, the defender of the Constitution, against republican and even whiggish innovations, writing on the Psalmst, and commenting on the Liturgyt? Even so, most astonished enquirer; and doing both with piety, with learning, with fuccess. The Church and State are not more firmly allied by the various cautions of our Legislature, than by their own specific attractions, in the mind of this author. Have patience, and you will behold him commenting on the Scriptures at large. The enemy of levellers, is the friend of true religion ; and a learned, and a powerful friend, Hate him, Jacobin, if poflible, more than ever; but beware of affecting to despise him. The Church of England, let us hope, will never be ill-furnished with defenders. Among those who lately wielded the pen in her behalf, let us not omit to mention Mr. Grahams, whose work, though aimed against the Baptists: in particular, is such as will support our cause against all feats, by the only true defence, the bulwark of the Scriptures. Against all that can be - urged by the acútest adversary in favour of separating from us, we have one, in Mr. Hartell, who

Baptists: in partii feats, by the print all that can

No, I. p. 74. No IV.p. 341; VI. p. 624. 0.412. No. II. p. 182. No. VI. p. 603.

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pleads with learning, liveliness, and judgment. It would, perhaps, have been more prudent' to leave good Dr. Gill, and his pretended reasons, to their repose, than to call them up to meet with such an answer as we here allude to.' The general cause of establishments, which are often generally attacked, is pleaded with great skill by Mr. Ranken* of Glasgow. The author indeed reasons well, but his chief ally, experience, brings documents of fuch force as are not eaGly repelled.

In behalf of Christianity, a writer of great eminence, in almost every line, has lately volunteered his aid. “Mr. Cumberland, whose Reasons are plaint in fense, but enlivened by the ornaments of wit, has urged the friends of infidelity by such weapons, as must make presumption feel, through all its buckram coats. · A poet thus employed, and, after all his dalliance with fancy, returning to the love of truth, exemplifies most strongly what another able writer ha's fupported in a different way, the benefit of · Religious Educationt. Mr. de Luc, pursuing his use

ful labours on the Continent, has written, among other works, some letters on that subject, worthy of his name and character. Connected as he is with Britain, in various honourable ways, we cannot but regard him as a writer of our own; and therefore think it right to trace his steps, wherever he may bend his course. An Essay on Christianity as producing Happiness, though anonymous, must not be passed in Glence. It is written with sagacity and judgment, and with a well-conducted reference to immediate use. The republished volume of the Bishop of Lima coln's Elements, entitled an Introduction to the Study of be Bible], seems to be as eagerly received by the public, as it has been ably prepared by the excellent author; and its repeated editions speak more strongly * No. III. p. 318. + No. IV. p. 436. #No, IV. p. 359. No. IV. p. 466. !! No, V, p. 546.

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for it than any words that we can employ. The volume on the Oriental Trinities, by Mr. Maurice*, is , aimed against a large class of objectors, and, being now more fitted for circulation, may be expected to produce a more extensive benefit. . We turn now to Sermons, whether in volumes, or in a separate state ; and first to those collected into volumes. Of Mr. Gilpiu'st first volume, we should speak with more satisfaction, were we not, in some degree, conscious of default, in not having yet delivered our opinion on the second. Such an author, however, has little to apprehend from critics, and the public little to learn on the subject of his merits. The works of Mr. Gilpin will be bought, without particular recommendation. The name of Dr. Grant is less known; but his Sermonst, on various subjects and occasions, will tend to give it celebrity. On the subject of Mr. Sydney Smith'sø discourses, we regretted that his second volume obliged us greatly to lower our tone; by a very reprehensible Preface, and the increase, instead of amendment, of the faults observa ble in his former volume. Still, however, we will not deprive him of a place in this recapitulation; which, if due to a certain rank of merit, must not be denied because the author thinks he has still higher claims.

Among theological discourses separately printed, we cannot refuse the first place to the excellent Charge of the Billiop of Rochesterll. The picture of the times, drawn by this prelate, is so lively, and his suggestions on the subječt of duty fo .forcible, that attention to them ought by no means to be confined, as in fact it certainly will not, to the diocese for which they were produced. Sermons of distinguished merit, brought forward by particular occasions, are those of Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Booker**, on the Fast ; Mr. Blackstone on the consecration of Lord George

* No. VI. p. 608. + No. I. p. 21. No. V. p. 546.

No. VI. p. 617. No. V. P: 5:43. No. VI. P. 652, ** No. V. p. 545.

Murray, Murray, Bifhop of St: David's*, and Dr. Laurence at a Visitatioit. Of all these, the distinctive merits will be seen expressed in the several articles to which we have referred. Generally and collectively it may be said of them, that they are honourable to the writers and to the church, and of the best tendency with respect to the public. Mr. Crowther, in his Farewel Sermont, åt Barking, converted a private to: pic into a matter of public instruction. We praised the discourse with justice, and we again recommend it to notice. The two discourses of Dr. Dwight, on the Danger of the Infidel Philosophyş, have with propriety been naturalized among us, by reprinting. Though they were written for America, and publised there, the subject they discuss is one to which the dark distemperature of the times has given a general intereft. Any wise man who examines the infidel philosophy, will perceive its futility and its danger. But few have examined with such care as Dr. Dwight; and no one can be better qualified to publish the result.

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· The internal support of Law is Divinity, the temporal coadjutor of Divinity is Law. The former has moft efficacy when all is right, the latter is the human remedy when any thing is wrong. The Law of Tilbes, à most venerable branch of our common Law, seems particularly calculated to point out the connection. It has been supported with great vi. gour by Mr. Covell, in an able and learned fract; to which, without implicit assent, we gave deservedly abundant praise. Various other works, on the sube ject of Law, deserve more or less notice. The trea. tise on the Law of Legacies, by Mr. Roper I, though not furnished with all the aids that such a work re- ,

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